If you’re planning on using last week’s session plan idea on World Awareness, there’s a lot of learning and research that your young people will be doing.
To make things more fun, here are three games that fit in with a World Awareness theme, while also encouraging learning at the same time:
Where Is It?
Split your youth group into teams (or just as individuals/pairs if it’s a small group) and give each team a world map. Call out a country they’re unlikely to know the location of – they have to race to be the first team to find it on the map.
Do a number of these, with the winners being the team who found the most countries at the end of the allotted time/list.
For your own personal fun, make up the name of a country to call out at the end and see how long it takes them searching before they realize it’s not a genuine country 😉
Print off sheets with images of different countries’ flags on it, along with a randomized list of countries the flags belong to. The youth have to match up the flags with the countries.
Have a variety of different flags – some well-known, some that may look familiar and others they’re unlikely to have seen before.
Give Me An A
In this game, youth have to be able to name countries that end in A. There are 75 countries they could name, but needless to say it’s a lot harder to do than you might think.
There are two ways you could play this:
1) Taking Turns – Split the youth group into two or more teams – they then have to take it in turns to name a new country that ends in A.
If there are only two teams, the winner is the team that doesn’t get stuck or repeat a country that’s already been named. You could keep playing if it doesn’t last long, but set the rule that they can’t use countries that have already been named the second time round.
If there are three or more teams, have the teams take it in turns going round in a circle to name a country. If a team gets stuck or repeats a country that’s already been mentioned, they’re out. Keep going until you have a winner. Similar to the two team version, consider playing another round if it doesn’t last long.
Put a strict time limit for how long each group gets to think of a new country to raise the tension of the game – about 10-15 seconds should be good.
2) Making Lists – Give each team a sheet of paper and a pen and give them a set amount of time to list all the countries they can think of that end in A. The winner is the team with the longest list of correct countries (that aren’t repeated!)
To make this game easier for you, there’s a link below to a downloadable attachment with a list of all 75 countries in the world ending in A. Please feel free to download and print off.
Question: What other games would work well with a World Awareness theme? Let us know in the comments below.
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